ScotRail punctuality performance still best in UK and actually improving more than ten times faster than UK average. Any comment, Ruth, Anas?


Back in August, I was able to report that Scotrail was performing significantly better, at 90.5%, than the England & Wales average of 87.9% punctuality. See:

Scotrail outperforms services in England and Wales

Since then, Scotrail have pulled away, steamed ahead even, (nice metaphors?) further. See this from Transport Network figures yesterday:

‘The moving annual average (MAA) of the official Public Performance Measure (PPM) at the end of June was 88%, according to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), meaning that 12% of trains were late. This was a slight improvement on the annual PPM to the end of April (87.7%), which was the lowest annual score recorded since 2005-06.’

So that’s an improvement of 0.3%. See this from Scotrail reported in the Insider business magazine, also yesterday:

The four-week rolling figure of 94.1% is up more than three percentage points on last year – and is the best four-week performance since May 2015, the company said. Bottom of FormTop of Form  Bottom of Form

ScotRail reports it achieved its best punctuality performance in more than two years with 94.1 per cent on trains running on time in the four weeks to 16 September. The four-week rolling figure, up more than three percentage points on last year, was the best four-week performance since May 2015, ScotRail said. The moving average performance in the last 12 months now stands at 91.2 per cent of trains on time, up 1.6 per cent on last year and meeting the regulatory target of 90.3 per cent.’

So Scotrail is improving ten times faster than England & Wales rail services. I don’t/can’t watch Revolting Scotland. Did they report in these terms? Has Ruth Davidson sent her regards to Hamsa? I take it he can keep his job now?


16 thoughts on “ScotRail punctuality performance still best in UK and actually improving more than ten times faster than UK average. Any comment, Ruth, Anas?

  1. macgilleleabhar September 22, 2017 / 9:37 am

    More good news Professor John. The rail network in Scotland although comparatively small has it’s own problems in terrain, climate, track ownership and rolling stock. ( Nice to see 1960s Deltics smoking their way up the West Highland line though.)
    Having spent most of my working life in industrial maintenance / automation I can’t help but wonder if full electrification of the network on independence should be a worthwhile project.


  2. Alasdair Macdonald September 22, 2017 / 10:22 am

    There is nothing on the BBC Scotland website, so are you telling us the truth?????!!!

    They have managed to report on a problem with a barrier on the A9 which has caused a delay in opening a section of the refurbished road.

    I take it that you mean “Anas” as in Sarwar and not ‘Anwar’ as in ‘Aamer’, whom I am sure will be pretty pleased with the Scotrail data.


  3. Ludo Thierry September 22, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    Hi John et al – There’s FAKE NEWS all over this site – John manages to mix up a name!! – then – Alasdair is claiming that the barrier replacement (on safety grounds) resulted in a delay “ opening a section of the refurbished road”. Alasdair could apply for a job with beeb Jockland with quotes like this!! – Keith Brown was very careful to point out to Gary on radio this morning that the ‘road’ did, in fact, open as planned – however, it couldn’t operate as dual carriageway until the barrier replacement was effected.There is a difference between those 2 statements – but msm want us not to notice it.

    See how easy it is for us all to fall into beeb Jockland terminology – even hardened experts like the readers of this site (myself included) can get ‘catch’d’ in their web!!! – Cheers, ludo

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    • Alasdair Macdonald September 22, 2017 / 4:08 pm

      Cheeky, Ludo!

      I said ‘a section of the refurbished road’, no the hale thing, pal!!!!

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  4. johnrobertson834 September 22, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    Anwar was his dad’s name. It’s my memory that’s all mixed up


    • Alasdair Macdonald September 22, 2017 / 4:05 pm

      I thought his feyther was MOHAMMED Sarwar.


      • johnrobertson834 September 23, 2017 / 8:05 am

        Really, wasn’t his dad Anwar Sadat of Egypt 🙂


  5. Ludo Thierry September 22, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    Hi John – Hi all

    If Mohammed won’t come to the mountain….

    John isn’t the only one experiencing memory issues – In fact, compared to Baron Nicol Stephen, John’s memory is of classic Mastermind quality. Let me explain. I saw a post on the wonderful WOS blog recently mentioning Lord Nicol Stephen’s biography on the House of Lords’ webpage as being a thing of interest. Boy – were they ever right (see below):

    Lord Stephen

    Full title: The Lord Stephen Name: Nicol Ross Stephen Joined the Lords: 2 February 2011 Party/group : Liberal Democrat

    UK Parliament
    Post: Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Scotland) Date: Jun 2015 – Oct 2016

    Constituency Date
    Contested for Aberdeen South May 1997
    Member for Kincardine and Deeside Nov 1991 – Apr 1992
    Contested for Kincardine and Deeside Jun 1987

    Political Life
    Job title Organisation Date
    Local Councillor Grampian Regional Council 1982 – 1992

    Professional Life
    Job title Organisation Date
    Director Grampian Enterprise 1990 – 1992
    Chairman Grampian Initiative 1988 – 1992

    Public Life
    Job title Organisation Date
    Chairman Save Tornadee Hospital and Roxburghe House (STAR) 1998 – 1999
    Chairman Campaign for Rail Electrification from Aberdeen to Edinburgh (CREATE)

    Now – I don’t know about anyone else – but I seem to recall that Nicol Stephen was an elected MSP, held office in a coalition Lab-Lib Scottish ‘executive’ as a Junior Minister, as a cabinet member, and – finally – as Depute First Minister. Would have thought that lot might have been worth a mention alongside his brief sojourn in Westminster? (and failed candidacies for Westminster)!

    Curious that the Baron Stephen seems to have forgotten his entire period in the Scottish Parliament from his Lords’ bio info – a bit seriously odd that – isn’t it?

    Just in case The Baron sees this I’d better remind him about his directorships (to remind him to include them all in his disclosure statement):

    Lord Nicol Ross Stephen holds 10 appointments at 10 active companies, has resigned from 7 companies and held 2 appointments at 2 dissolved companies. NICOL began their first appointment at the age of 30. Their longest current appointment spans 8 years, 7 months and 17 days at RENEWABLE ENERGY VENTURES LIMITED

    Thanks all, Ludo


  6. Ludo Thierry September 22, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    Hi John – since I’m on the topic of memory…

    You commented the other day regarding Richard Leonard’s “..flared nostrils..” and that set me thinking that his face did remind me of someone.

    Today it came to me – surely he’s a dead ringer for the late, great comedy actor Kenneth Williams? (Curiously Kenneth Williams was also a frothing mouthed BritNat apologist – remember his ‘debate’ with Jimmie Reid?)

    Anyway – if I’m correct about the Kenneth William’s look-alike quality then, perhaps, we can look forward to a major motion picture starring Richard Leonard (as Kenneth Williams) and Jackie Baillie (as Hattie Jacques) in ‘Carry On Sub-Branch Managing..” (ooh-er missus – you’ll never credit the size of ‘is Faslane – talk about WMDs!!).

    Cheers all, Ludo


    • Alasdair Macdonald September 22, 2017 / 10:09 pm

      You are reducing two esteemed MSPs to figures of ridicule ………….

      Keep it up.

      What about the Colonel?


      • johnrobertson834 September 23, 2017 / 8:07 am

        Bloodknock of the Goons? BOOOMM!!!! Ah no more curries for me


      • johnrobertson834 September 23, 2017 / 8:08 am

        Like her he fought the Red Bladder (Scottish Labour full of…)


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